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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv -

Stam­ford Shake­speare Com­pany To­lethorpe Hall A SUM­MER evening at the Rut­land Open Air the­atre to see a pro­duc­tion by the mem­bers of the Stam­ford Shake­speare Com­pany is a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Join the thou­sands of peo­ple who at­tend the an­nual Stam­ford Shake­speare sea­son in the de­light­ful grounds of To­lethorpe Hall.

The sea­son at­tracts more than 34,500 peo­ple ev­ery year, with some even trav­el­ling from abroad to see it.

Through­out the sum­mer months, start­ing on Mon­day, the Stam­ford Shake­speare Com­pany (SSC) will be of­fer­ing two Shake­speare plays: Othello the story of a mixed mar­riage be­tween a mid­dle-aged Moor and a young Vene­tian girl that deals with the hus­band’s mental tor­ments as doubt and sus­pi­cion are planted in his mind by the machi­na­tions of an am­bi­tious, ruth­less and jeal­ous sub­or­di­nate.

Then Much Ado About Noth­ing shows the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of love and friend­ship which are ex­plored to the full as the au­di­ence fol­lows the paths of two love af­fairs: one, a vi­brant mix­ture of tough-minded in­de­pen­dence and bub­bling wit, the other threat­ened by vil­lainy.

The third play adapted for the stage is the clas­sic BBC TV com­edy se­ries Dad’s Army, by Jimmy Perry and David Croft.

The Home Guard of Walm­ingtonon-Sea – in their bat­tle against the Ger­mans and lo­cal ARP War­den Hodges – come to the To­lethorpe stage with all the well-loved char­ac­ters in­clud­ing: “Stupid boy” Pike, “Don’t panic, don’t panic” Jone­sey, “We’re all doomed!” Fraser, “May I be ex­cused, sir?” God­frey, and all un­der the com­mand of the re­doubtable Cap­tain Main­war­ing and his ef­fac­ing deputy Sergeant Wil­son.

The open air stage is set against an idyl­lic wood­land glade. The raked, 600-seat au­di­to­rium with com­fort­able seat­ing is pro­tected from sum­mer show­ers by a unique per­ma­nent canopy mak­ing it the only the­atre of its kind in Europe. No per­for­mance is ever can­celled be­cause of rain.

Ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an on- site car park, a pop­u­lar pic­nic area on the lawn a the­atre bar ad­ja­cent to a spa­cious or­angery, and a 90-seat res­tau­rant en­joyed by the­atre­go­ers ev­ery sum­mer.

SSC is a reg­is­tered char­ity, and all the ticket sales money is ploughed back into the up­keep of To­lethorpe and next year’s shows.

Tick­ets prices range from £9 to £16. Evening shows are at 8pm. There is also con­ces­sion prices avail­able and Satur­day 1.30pm mat­inée per­for­mances.

Per­for­mances are as fol­lows: Dad’s Army - June 7 to 12; June 21 to 26; July 12 to 17; July 26 to 31; Othello - June 15 to 19; June 28 to July 3; Au­gust 2 to 7; Au­gust 16 to 21; Much Ado About Noth­ing - July 6 to 10; July 19 to 24; Au­gust 9 to 14; Au­gust 23 to 28.

To book, call 01780 756133 or visit www.stam­ford­shake­speare.co.uk

CLAS­SIC ON STAGE: Dad’s Army.

COM­EDY: Much Ado About Noth­ing.

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